Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance, novella
Publication Date: July 31, 2012 (HarlequinTeen – North America)
Source: NetGalley review copy
Summary: For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimee Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.
Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….
James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before….
Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope….
Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.
☆: 4/5 stars – a great interlude between books 2 and 3!
Review: This is a great interlude between books 2 and 3 of the “Goddess” series. “The Goddess Legacy” is some of Carter’s best writing yet – and it doesn’t include our main heroine, but rather gives a backstory of the Gods and Goddesses that make appearances in the series. I found myself scratching my head at why we needed this book at all, but it was still a pleasure to read. There are spoilers in this review for the previous two books and novella, so beware.
Out of the three novellas combined to make this omnibus, I think I have to say Hera/Calliope’s was my favorite. We finally get to see what makes her tick, and what makes her such a great villain (as we found out at the end of “Goddess Interrupted”), and what made her so twisted and bitter. Persephone and Hades/Henry’s story…well, I’m no fan of Persephone so this one left me really feeling for Hades. Aphrodite’s story was good, but felt lackluster compared to the two stories bookending it. Love triangle? No thanks. I love you, Aphrodite/Ava, but…yeah. Just wasn’t feeling your story very much. However, the birth of Eros was pretty awesome, and he was adorable, so I wasn’t entirely bored there.
The area where Carter continues to improve is the sensory language/imagery area of things – we saw this happen in “Goddess Interrupted”, but Carter really shines in “Goddess Legacy”. Everything felt richer to the touch, a nice feast for the senses. But what frustrated me is that we didn’t have our heroine there, so it didn’t quite feel complete and whole. Since this is a chronicling of the gods’ origin stories, that’s fitting, but at the same time, I just couldn’t fully appreciate it.
Final verdict? If you’ve read the rest of the series so far, you can’t miss this book. For those new to the series, I’d say skip this book until you read the previous three. While I recommend it to see the motivations of the rest of the characters in these books, I don’t think it’s required reading.
“The Goddess Legacy” is out now from HarlequinTeen in North America, so be sure to check it out!